Friday, November 4, 2011

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Living Room Re-Do!

Recently, my design a.d.d. has been flaring up again and causing me to think of more ways I change up the apartment. I rearranged my bedroom a couple times last month and now I have decided to move onto the living room. For the last year or so I have been in love with the look of my living room, but its missing the comfort that one would expect from a living space. I feel like my living room is more of a show room at times. We rarely sit on my beautiful mid-century modern Danish daybed/couch, actually, I can count on one hand the amount of times I've sat on the couch and watched a movie. Occasionally, my roommate and I will sit out there and catch up, but its always very brief. I definitely feel like we are neglecting this large living space and I would really love to utilize it more. So the plan is to make the room more inviting, by adding a large rug and getting a new comfortable couch.

Two things that were very important during my couch search: One, I did not want to get a used couch, and two, I wanted to spend less than $700. I knew this would be a task and started searching online for inexpensive but stylish modern couches. It was hard because of course most of the couches I really liked were over $1000 and that just wasn't in the budget. Of course, like always I reverted back to good 'ole IKEA. Luckily for me, they just came out with a new line of couches called KIVIK, that met my couch criteria. I took a trip to the store and found my wonderful couch. It is a beautiful light gray brown corduroy couch with big comfy cushions. As soon as I sat in it, I knew it was the one! The couch alone was $549 and ran me just $651 with tax and shipping.

After picking out the couch, I moved on through the showroom and found GISLEV, a beautiful gray 6.5" x 4.4" area rug with a very subtle white flower design. I thought that bringing in a large area rug would really warm up the space. Best of all, it only cost me $20!! What a steal!

So for now I have my rug at home and I am just waiting for the couch to be delivered. I'm super excited to see how it all comes together. I will definitely be sad to see my beautiful modern daybed go, but I know I will be happy when I have a very comfortable living room space to come home to. I will be posting pics as soon as I get the couch all set up!

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Crazy For These Critters!

Last Saturday while on an impromptu walk through Union Square Park, I stumbled upon a lot of really talented artists with their work on display around the park. One artist who really stood out was Kenneth Kudulis an amazing artists here in NYC who creates little monster-like creatures that are inspired by people and animals.  The kudu-lah critters are absolutely adorable and affordable, I cant wait to start collecting some of these cute critters!

You can check out all of his pieces and get more information about his story on his website and in his Etsy store


Thursday, June 3, 2010

Just Posted on Etsy! 4 Piece Retro Wooden Bowl Set

This is a beautiful 4 piece square retro wooden bowl set that I found yesterday while treasure hunting in Brooklyn. They are absolutely gorgeous and I am happy to have these little guys in my store!

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Going Green...Finished Cart Project!

Back in February I was inspired by a saucy lime green buffet table that I found on Design*Sponge.  I immediately ran out to Home Depot and bought a very similar paint color for my wooden service cart that I purchased from the Salvation Army a few months ago.

I primed and painted the cart, then went back with an Ed Roth Stencil and painted a small gorilla head in the bottom right corner of the tray.  I originally wanted to replace my microwave stand in the kitchen and make a cute bar area, but I didn't think it would be smart for me to cut out valuable storage space.  So I decided that I would move my TV armoire (that is rarely ever used) into the dining area and use my service cart as a buffet table in front of my couch.  Once I had the cart in place, I realized I needed some wall art pronto!  I grabbed an old wooden frame and wrapped a piece of Ikea fabric (leaving the sides exposed) and behind it I placed a piece of an old paper window panel to create a frame around the canvas.  This made a really nice rectangular wall hanging and was super easy to create!  So far I have really enjoyed the new furniture arrangement and am just loving my "new" lime green cart!

Design*Sponge inspiration

Thrift store service cart $9.99

Behr Semi-Gloss Paint

Two to three coats of the Behr Semi-Gloss paint

Tealish blue gorilla head made with a stencil from the Ed Roth - Stencil 101 book.

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Thursday, April 22, 2010

Easy Silver Frame and Wall Art Project

About a month ago, I was given a very pitiful and broken large gold picture frame that was about to get thrown away. This came in great timing since I was on the lookout for larger picture frames, but wasn't having very much luck, because either I couldn't find them or they were too expensive.

I could see this sad frame had a lot of potential, so I took it home, nailed it back together, and slapped on a few coats of my favorite metallic silver paint. I had several ideas about what should go in this frame, I thought about doing a mirror to hang over my dresser, but never got around to purchasing a mirror that fit, and even thought about hanging my flat screen inside the frame, which is still an option for later on down the road. I eventually got antsy and painted a very small canvas with flowers and it floated inside the frame for a while. But today I got a little tired of the tiny canvas and the large frame idea, so I decided to take an old piece of junk art that I purchased from the Salvation Army and wrap it with the paintable wallpaper that I used on my dresser project.  After I wrapped the wallpaper, I painted some of the small raised design accents with the metallic silver paint.  Since I already had all of my materials, it only took me about one and a half hours to complete. 

I'm still not sure if this is the final product as far as the frame goes, but I definitely like the results for now and will probably keep this one around for a while.  Enjoy!

Sad gold frame $0.oo

Shiny silver frame!

Junk art $3.oo

Finished product!

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Just Posted on Etsy: Bernadotte China Cups and Saucers

Today I posted two beautiful and very rare Bernadotte china teacups and saucers on Etsy!  They are both hand painted and in excellent condition.
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Rose Pattern on Etsy


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